Politics: Enter at your own risk

Hobbs, NM – The Pearce for New Mexico campaign released the following statement after the Secretary of State and the Attorney General filed responses to the campaign's legal action to allow the transfer of funds from a federal account to a state account.

"Even after delays and extensions, the Secretary of State and the Attorney General have provided no compelling reason why they refuse to follow the law and previous court rulings regarding the transfer of funds," said Pearce campaign spokesman Greg Blair. "This is a sad case of politics as usual, with elected leaders using their position of authority to attempt to tip the scales in favor of their party in the governor's race."

"This case presents an enormous conflict of interest to both officials as they use their power to benefit their own party. It's particularly alarming that the Attorney General, who has already formally endorsed the Democratic front-runner in this race, refuses to adhere to the law in order to benefit his chosen candidate. Voters are tired of this rank partisanship and abuse of power."

HOBBS – Dark money groups continued their attack on Steve Pearce for being the only candidate for governor who puts New Mexico above special interests, releasing a misleading and desperate ad today as part of an ongoing campaign funded by left-wing out-of-state donors with a partisan agenda.

"Dark money groups are pulling out all the stops to attack Steve Pearce because his vision for New Mexico is a threat to their partisan agenda," said Pearce campaign spokesman Greg Blair. "Steve worked with residents, ranchers, conservationists, business owners, and community leaders in southern and western New Mexico to protect public lands without hurting the local economy and their way of life. That kind of leadership is unacceptable to left-wing special interest groups, who parachute into New Mexico to enact a radical agenda with no regard for how it affects people who actually live here."

Albuquerque- Last week, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein made alarming anti-Catholic remarks against Judicial Nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Feinstein suggested that Barrett's personal Catholic beliefs would hinder her ability to uphold the United States Constitution. New Mexico Democrats have remained silent on the issue, allowing Feinstein to go unchallenged in her accusation that individuals of the Catholic faith should be viewed with suspicion and possibly barred from holding public office.

The Republican Party of New Mexico is calling on Michelle Lujan Grisham, Ben Ray Lujan, Tom Udall, and Martin Heinrich to denounce Feinstein's anti-Catholic remarks.

"Catholics of all political backgrounds play a major role in New Mexico's rich religious history," said RPNM spokesman Dominic Pacheco. "The implication that people of the Catholic faith should be prohibited from holding public office should disgust any person who believes that our country values religious liberty. If New Mexico Democrats refuse to denounce the anti-Catholic bigotry coming from one of their party's senior leaders, we can only conclude that they endorse these vicious remarks."

In case you missed it, check out this story about Steve Pearce taking the lead to reach a long-term solution for individuals who came to the United States as children and built a life here.

Lujan Grisham, Pearce Differ on Trump Phaseout of DACABy Michael Coleman
Albuquerque Journal


September 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. House members running for governor of New Mexico in 2018 had different reactions to President Donald Trump’s latest immigration policy announcement, with one calling for a congressional “solution” in a news release and the other blasting Trump’s decision as “cowardly” in a national address.

According to a new report from KOB, State Auditor and Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller appears to be in violation of the campaign finance law with an illegal campaign finance scam. Keller opted to finance his campaign with taxpayer dollars, meaning he is explicitly forbidden from accepting other monetary contributions to his campaign. Keller is clearly in violation of the law by routing illegal contributions through his campaign’s consulting firm, which then passes an “in-kind” contribution along to Keller’s campaign in the form of time and services. Ultimately, Keller has enlisted outside donors to pay his campaign bills without passing the contribution through his own campaign account. 

Albuquerque, NM- Democrat State Representative Derrick Lente missed important committee meetings yesterday, opting instead to buddy up with filmmakers. 

While the Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee were meeting on Wednesday to conduct the business of governing the state, Rep. Lente, who is a voting member on both committees, decided he would rather rub elbows with glamorous filmmakers. In a Facebook picture posted by the Representative late Wednesday night, Lente is seen grinning for the camera, enjoying the limelight, and relaxing on his day off.

ALBUQUERQUE- New Mexico Democrats' talking points on the Interior Department's recommendations for New Mexico's national monuments aren't lining up with the facts.

DPNM attempted to misinform New Mexican voters on the truth about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposed changes to a handful of monuments. Even though Zinke did not state New Mexico's monuments would be included, DPNM continued to mislead the public.

ALBUQUERQUE – The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on the sudden passing of Susan Popovich:

Susan was an enthusiastic activist and chairwoman of the Santa Fe Democratic Party. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

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